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The competition is supported by the mayor of Odessa, Department of Culture of Odessa City Council and Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School.

The competition is open to the violinists from all countries.
The age of contestants of junior category should not exceed 16 years old, and senior – 23 years old, at the time of opening the competition (June 14, 2018).

The application must be submitted via the competition website by 31 March 2018.
The first selection round will be held on the basis of the video recordings of contestants, among which jury members will choose 12 candidates from each age group to participate in live audition of the second round.

Live auditions will be held in the Great Hall of the Stolyarsky School.
The awarding ceremony and gala concert of laureates will be held on June 17th in the Great Hall of the Stolyarsky School.

The Jury: Andrej Bielow, Stanislav Pronin, Bogdana Pivnenko, Alexey Semenenko, Andrey Murza.
3 prizes in each age group will be awarded according to the results of the Odessa International Violin Competition.

Призовой фонд Одесского международного конкурса скрипачей:

Junior group
I prize – 10.000 UAH.
II Prize – 5.000 UAH.
III prize – 3.000 UAH.

Senior group
I prize – 20.000 UAH.
II Prize – 10.000 UAH.
III prize – 5.000 UAH.

The special prizes from the partners of the competition will be awarded as well: German publishing house «Bärenreiter», German manufacturer of strings and accessories «Pirastro», Swiss association «Legato» and Ukrainian musical resource «Moderato».

Odessa International Violin Competition opens a new page in the cultural life of the city that can rightfully be considered the capital of the violin performing arts of Ukraine.

Right there in Odessa in 1933, the Special Music School for gifted children was founded by professor Peter Stolyarsky who brought up a generation of outstanding violinists of the 20th century, among which are David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. The Stolyarsky School became a factory of talents discovering new names, whose performances captivate audience at the best venues of the world.

The competition is open to young violinists from all countries, and provides an opportunity to receive worldwide recognition and a ticket to a great creative life from the homeland of musicians whose names are written in gold in the world history of classical music.

Goals of the competition are: development of international cultural connections, popularization of Ukrainian musical culture, strengthening of international reputation of Odessa as one of the centres of musical art, support and preservation of traditions of the Odessa violin school.


General Provisions

I. The Odesa International Violin Competition will be held in Odesa (Ukraine) from 7 to 13 May, 2021 at the Odesa National Music Academy named after A.V. Nezhdanova and at the Odesa Philharmonic.

II. The competition is co-organized by the NGO “Cultural Platform”.

Terms of participation

I. The competition is open to violinists of any country of at least 16 and not more than 28 years of age at the time of the opening of the competition (7 May 2021).

Travel and living expenses

I. The participants and their pianists are responsible for arranging their travel and accommodation at their own expense.

II. Each participant is obliged to declare their instrument to the customs authorities when entering Ukraine. If a competitor is playing on a rented high value instrument, they must have an appropriate document confirming their right to use it.


I. The competition consists of three rounds.

II. All rounds of the competition are open to the public.

III. The order of performances of the participants in the first round is determined by draw lot and is maintained throughout the competition.

IV. During the competition, the participants are given one rehearsal with the pianist and one rehearsal with the orchestra. Participants can come to the competition with their own pianist.

V. The participants will be given rehearsal classes and acoustic rehearsal time before each round on the stage of the concert hall.

VI. The results of each round of the competition are announced after its completion.

VII. All prize winners must participate in the final gala concert of the competition on May 13, 2021.


I. The jury reserves the right not to award all prizes, but also to split prizes between competitors (except the first prize).

II. A jury member does not have the right to vote for a participant who is or was their student.

III. The jury has the right to stop the participant’s performance if the program executed by them exceeds the time limits.

IV. The vote of the jury chairman, with the same number of points, is casting.

V. The decisions of the jury are final and not subject to appeal.

Media rights

I. The competition reserves the right to photograph, record, shoot, broadcast any part of the competition. All rights, including the further using of the materials, belong to the competition. The competition has no financial obligations to the competitors for the using of the materials received.